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Watch: Lisa Nandy says she would abolish the monarchy

Throughout the Labour leadership election, Lisa Nandy has sought to pitch herself as the more moderate candidate in the race – the candidate who can break away from Corbyn’s rule of the party, and win back traditional, working-class Labour voters in the North and Midlands who abandoned the party at the last election.

So it was perhaps a little surprising to see the Labour MP reveal her more radical side on last night’s Channel 4 Labour leadership debate. As part of a series of quick-fire questions, the candidates were all asked if they would abolish the monarchy if a referendum was held on the issue. And while the other candidates declined to evict Her Maj from Buckingham Palace, Nandy instead opted to send in the bailiffs, telling the live audience that: ‘I’m a democrat, so I would vote to scrap it’.

Watch here:

Mr S is sure this will go down well with the voters Labour wants to win back before the next vote…

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